Legendary civil rights activist Rosa Parks and the new stamp bearing her name were recognized earlier this month at the NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium. The star-studded event drew crowds from all walks of life, as they cheered their favorite artists walking down the red carpet.
The NAACP proudly celebrated the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film. In addition, individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors were also honored. It was only fitting that Parks – one of the foremost individuals that spearheaded social justice by her refusal to sit in the back of the bus – was honored on this most sacred night as well.
Host Steve Harvey remarked, “It’s fitting to be here tonight celebrating and honoring our nominees on the first day of Black History Month.”
Equally fitting on the first day of Black History Month was the special taped message that aired live to NAACP audience members only by DPMG Ron Stroman. During one of the commercial breaks, Stroman – who appeared larger than life on screen – highlighted our new set of Civil Rights stamps – including the stamp honoring Parks.
The Civil Rights stamps focus on freedom, courage and equality. In his taped message, Stroman expresses how the Civil War was “a struggle for unity” that became “a fight for freedom,” as reflected with the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation.
“Rosa Parks’ act of courage changed American history,” Stroman said. In referencing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech delivered during the March on Washington, Stroman reminds viewers that “the dream of equality galvanized a nation.”
After Stroman’s words, there was a collective sense of unity and camaraderie felt in the auditorium.
After the awards, winners were escorted backstage where they took photos with an enlarged stamp of Rosa Parks.